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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

King dentist's license revoked by state board that says he defrauded Medicaid to live 'opulent lifestyle'

(By RICHARD CRAVER, Winston-Salem Journal) - A dentist in King is losing his license next month because he defrauded Medicaid and used the money to pay for "an opulent lifestyle," according to the N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners.

The board said Sassan Bassiri applied "his dishonest and fraudulent scheme" for at least six years through "misconduct (that) was driven by greed."

Bassiri used excess reimbursements to buy a house worth nearly $1 million, condominiums in Myrtle Beach, S.C., tracts of land in North Carolina, expensive cars and a new office building, according to the board's filings.

The ruling from the board was made March 17. Bassiri must surrender his license by April 18. Bassiri could not be reached for comment Monday.


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